Loganville to enact urban zoning ordinance

LOGANVILLE - In an unprecedented move Thursday night, Loganville council members adopted a Planned Urban Village district zoning ordinance.

By having a first reading of the ordinance followed immediately by the second reading, the urban district zoning will be in effect in five days.

According to City Attorney Robin Webb, although the action taken Thursday is unusual, Loganville city code makes provisions to do just what council members did. Planning and Development Director Pat Chapman told Mayor Tim Barron and council members that "there is a development waiting in the wings." If the second reading of the ordinance took place at the August city council meeting, as would have been customary, the developer would have to wait at least that long to begin work.

Councilman Mark Kiddoo said, "so much work has gone into the wording of this ordinance" that he felt comfortable going ahead with the second reading.

"We've been trying to get together an ordinance for quite some time for these mixed-use developments," Councilman Ray Nunnelly said.

Nuisance/abatement ordinance amended

Waiving customary policy, Loganville council members adopted a first, then a second reading of a change to the city's nuisance/abatement ordinance. Code enforcement officer asked for city leaders' help in speeding up the enforcement process regarding certain violations.

Code Enforcement Officer Tim Prater is responsible for citing property owners for any code violation, including the presence of weeds and stagnant water on land within the city. Under the previous process, Prater had to wait 30 days before taking action against violators. Now, Prater can take action in 8 days following notification of the property owner.

Barron said the original 30-day waiting period had become a problem, especially concerning abandoned properties.

Garbage, water rates increase

Loganville residents will be paying more for their garbage pickup and water as a result of rising costs to provide these services.

Residents' garbage pickup will increase from $13.75 to $15. Seniors will pay $13.25, an increase of $1.25 over the previous $12 cost

Water rates will increase 5 percent for all city residents beginning Aug. 1. The 5 percent is a planned incremental expense approved about 5 years ago. City Manager Bill Jones said that the increased cost of chemicals and the debt the city incurred with the new water treatment facility are two contributing factors.